Riders defensive end Eric Norwood to retire at 28

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end Eric Norwood has decided to retire from the CFL.

The news was initially reported by Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Bryan Hall in a Tweet Saturday night and subsequently confirmed by Norwood via text. Hall and Norwood were teammates in Hamilton during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Norwood played in just two games this season registering one defensive tackle. He suffered a torn ACL in the East Semi-Final game in November of 2014 while still a member of the Tiger-Cats. He was released on May 3, 2016 and signed with the Riders later that same month.

In his three seasons with Hamilton, Norwood amassed 114 tackles and 24 sacks in 42 games. His best year came in 2014 when he appeared in 15 games and had 13 sacks on his way to being named an East Division all-star.

Norwood is just 28-years-old so his retirement comes as something of a surprise. He was under contract with the Riders for next season.

“Just time for me to get out the game,” Norwood said. “I had a good run with it but it’s not worth the damage to my body in the long run.”

Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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13 Comments on Riders defensive end Eric Norwood to retire at 28

  1. This is a shame – he had a magnificent talent – his knee must not be the same. Maybe he will change his mind over the winter or sometime next year – Ticats could probably use him again if he was totally healthy.

  2. Jeff Spragg // December 5, 2016 at 2:43 am //

    Mr. Norwood was a beast for the Ticats. I was hoping he would get back to that level. Sad to see him go. My then 10yr old son was a huge fan.

  3. So we’ve had 3 Cats tear their ACLs while playing at THF?!? Isn’t that strange?

    • In Norwood’s case, it was an ugly collision with Simoni Lawrence, not a turf thing. Turf might still be bad, though.

  4. Jeff Spragg // December 5, 2016 at 8:17 am //

    What are the rates of acl tears at other stadiums?

  5. In 2014 Eric Norwood was a beast. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  6. I believe Eric Norwood injured his knee in 2015 as opposed to 2014.

  7. That’s a shame — he was a good player. But good for him for making a decision in the best interests of his future. Good luck Eric!

  8. Too bad for Norwood. It must have been a difficult decision to make but it’s smarter to think of long term health over short-term career as much as he may love playing the game. Good luck to him as he transitions into life after football.

  9. Dam shame..
    Eric was a monster player on Defence.
    But good on him for knowing the time is right to step away.
    Sadly a lot of players don’t know when it call it a day.
    Ray in Toronto is an example of that…
    All the Best, Eric and thanks for the memories.

  10. Doug McLellan // December 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm //

    So how much of a signing bonus, did he get from the Riders?

  11. Nick Tesla-Cat // December 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm //

    Good on him to go out of his own volition, not due to injury. Loved him when he was a Cat, wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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